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All You Needed to Know About Gutter Cleaning: An Interview with Layla Balali-Colón of A-1 Affordable Seamless Gutters LLC

By Layla Balali-Colón

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a family-owned company specializing in Seamless Gutters. We cover all aspects of rain diversion systems. Including but not limited to: Installation, repairs, leaf guards, gutter heaters, soffit repair\installation, fascia board replacement\repairs, rain chains, and for our handyman; gutter drop offs.

What are the basics steps involved in the gutter cleaning process?

The basic steps involved in our gutter cleaning process is to remove all debris from gutters, leaders, and elbows. We also tighten lose hangers and re-caulk end caps and outlets.

In terms of maintenance, how often should this process be done?

Maintenance gutter cleanings should be done twice a year if you do not have professional grade leaf guards installed. Once in the spring after the trees have released pollen and seeds; once in the late fall when the leaves have dropped.

What are some benefits of having your gutter cleaned regularly?

The benefits of having your gutters cleaned regularly is proper water diversion flow. When your system is clean the water is diverted away from your home. Thus eliminating and protecting your home from water damage in the roof and foundation. Some foundation problems that can occur from a clogged system or no system is cracking, leaking and excess moisture in the basement. Clean gutters in the winter eliminate water damage to the roof by preventing ice dams. Also a clean system prohibits the leaders and elbows to split. This is caused by water blockage which freezes and causes the pipe to break.

Do you have any tips for homeowners who haven't done much (or any) cleaning and aren't sure what condition their gutters is in?

Our tip to homeowners who haven't cleaned their gutters and don't know the condition is to call me and set up a free estimate as soon as possible! As Benjamin Franklin said, " An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". We work year round and would be happy to help.

Do you recommend installing a type of gutter guard in order to prevent build-up in gutters?

We do recommend installing a gutter guard to prevent build up. In fact we have searched for the best on the market for you. We only install products we trust and believe in. A1 Affordable Seamless Gutters carries leaf guards for all budgets and needs. For more information on the specifications, warranty, and pictures please visit our website

What advantages does contacting a professional to do the job have?

The advantages of contacting a professional are many. However the most important being your safety! Our crew is part of an extremely vigorous safety program designed to keep themselves and your home safe. We also train our professionals to spot trouble areas and stop problems before they occur. Again we believe in prevention and giving our customers the peace of mind that we will make sure your rain diversion system is working properly in an efficient, safe and timely manner.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The best way to contact our company is by phone or email. Both can be found on our website We look forward to meeting you.

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Layla Balali-Colón is the Marketing Manager at A-1 Affordable Seamless Gutters...

Phone: 203-484-0042

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